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Is it possible to use a VPN to bypass my ISP bandwidth usage limit?

In this Ask the Expert response, VPN expert Rainer Enders explains why it is not always possible to use a VPN to bypass an ISP bandwidth usage limit.

Is it possible to use a VPN to bypass my ISP bandwidth usage limit?

No, assuming such bandwidth limitations are raw bandwidth enforced via ingress/egress filtering.

However, if limitations are enforced based on application types, there might be a possibility, provided you can find sufficient bandwidth upstream beyond your VPN tunnel termination point. It really depends on many factors, like the type of ISP connection you have, your VPN connectivity, and other variables.

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Email your VPN-related questions to editor@searchenterprisewan.com.

This was last published in February 2012

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